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C LIT 496 A: Special Studies in Comparative Literature

Meeting Time: 
MWF 9:30am - 10:20am
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Joint Sections: 
CLAS 430 A, CLAS 430 B
Grace Funsten

Syllabus Description:

Instructor: Grace Funsten (she/her)


Office Hours: T/Th 1:00-2:00 pm PST & by appointment


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The stories that the ancient Greeks and Romans used to explain their origins, express their values, and explore their place in the universe have inspired generations of thinkers, writers, and artists from the ancient world up to our own times. This course is an introduction to classical mythology through Greek and Roman art and literature. We will look at the principal myths of ancient Greece and Rome, as well as their receptions in modern art and literature from Bernini’s Apollo and Daphne to Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson. By the end of this course, you will:

  • be able to recognize the major (and many of the minor) figures of Greek and Roman mythology.
  • be familiar with ancient literary and artistic sources for Greek and Roman myths.
  • be able to identify and analyze mythological themes and structures in art and literature, from Renaissance paintings to contemporary movies.

No prior knowledge of ancient Greece or Rome is required or assumed. Satisfies VLPA requirement.

Required Textbook: Anthology of Classical Myth, Trzaskoma (2nd edition)

This course will be taught asynchronously. 

This is the 3 credit version of the course.

Catalog Description: 
Offered occasionally by visitors or resident faculty. Content varies.
Department Requirements Met: 
Literature Elective
GE Requirements Met: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
February 24, 2021 - 11:24am